Activision Blizzard has begun the process of laying off 775 staff members.
Lay-offs were widely anticipated at the giant publisher – as we reported — but not on such a large scale; around 300 were expected to be made.
Kotaku obtained access to a staff email regarding the redundancies, in which Blizzard president J Allen Brack said: “Over the last few years, many of our non-development teams expanded to support various needs. Currently staffing levels on some teams are out of proportion with our current release slate. This means we need to scale down some areas of our organization. I’m sorry to share that we will be parting ways with some of our colleagues in the US today. In our regional offices, we anticipate similar evaluations, subject to local requirements.”
Kotaku also reported that the staff-cuts mainly affect Activision’s publishing side, Blizzard employees not involved in game development, King Digital and developers like High Moon. It has also been reported that the company’s mobile developer Z2Live, which employs 78 people, will be closed.
The job-cuts come despite the recent quarterly figures showing that, as Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said in an earnings call with investors, the company had: “Once again achieved record results in 2018.” Kotick explained the redundancies: “While our financial results for 2018 were the best in our history, we didn’t realize our full potential. To help us reach our full potential, we have made a number of important leadership changes. These changes should enable us to achieve the many opportunities our industry affords us, especially with our powerful owned franchises, our strong commercial capabilities, our direct digital connections to hundreds of millions of players, and our extraordinarily talented employees.”
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